Behind The Columns. Power, passion and deception rule in Arlette Gaffrey's latest novel of two star crossed lovers.
The year is 1846. Désirée Bordeaux is a beautiful Créole belle living with her aging grandfather, a heavy drinker and gambler who has accrued huge debts. When he dies suddenly, Désirée learns that her beautiful New Orleans plantation, Chêne Vue, is to be put on the auction block.
Désirée finds herself being wooed by Philippe Jaunet, a cruel man who lusts after Chêne Vue and strikes fear in Désirée's heart. She is also being courted by the handsome and wealthy New Yorker, Lance Van Buren, but her heart belongs to another-the man who broke her heart and married someone else.
Désirée is pulled in different directions, her life complicated by circumstances, misunderstandings, lies, and betrayal-and the workings of her own turbulent heart. Will love eventually win out for this southern belle? Power, passion, and deception rule in Arlette Gaffrey's latest novel, Behind the Columns.
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Arlette Gaffrey has done it again with her second novel, Behind the Columns! Similar to her first book, A World of His Own, the story is set in New Orleans in the 1800s. After losing her parents at a young age, beautiful Desiree Bordeaux is raised by her heavy drinking grandfather, who gambles Desiree's fortune away. Pursued by the unsavory Philippe Jaunet, the feisty Creole belle is destined to become his wife and lose her home and beloved plantation Chene Vue when her grandfather is met with an untimely death. But at the last moment a visitor to New Orleans, the handsome New Yorker Lance Van Buren steps in and offers Desiree a way out. You'll have to read the book for yourself for all the details, but be prepared for the same intricate meshing of historical details and romantic fantasy that New Orleans native Artlette Gaffrey is becoming know for in her novels. I can't wait for the next book! Sheril Bennett Turner Editor - skirt! Magazine Greenville, SC
Author Arlette Marie Gaffrey once again writes an exhilarating story of romance, history, and mystic of the Croeles in her novel Behind the Columns. Set in 1846, Southern plantations, society, balls, and more set the scene for story that will touch your heart. Young Désirée Bordeaux is a beautiful Southern belle whose life has already been touched by tragedy in the death of her parents. Left to live on her father's plantation, Chêne Vue, given to her grandfather, who is an alcoholic and gambler, Désirée desires the love of one man. Alas, that love married another. So the pain of rejection blinds her to the possibility of new love. Her grandfather has run up heavy debt from gambling and fear losing the plantation. One way out for him would be to let his granddaughter marry Philippe Jaunet.a man known for his meanness. He strikes terror in Désirée's heart. Philippe has had his sites fixed on Désirée for some time.and will what it takes to make her his own. Lance Van Buren, a wealthy New Yorker, knows about heartbreak and loss as his own marriage was found to be formed on betrayal, his wife and unborn child die in a horrible accident, so he goes to New Orleans to get away for awhile. He sees Désirée, and finds that his heart is drawn to her. But can he risk the pain of love again? The formulation and development of these relationships lead to very interesting reading as you are drawn into the story. Complications arise from misunderstandings, lies, and circumstances come. Your heart will swell with the love shown not only between the love interests, but also friends and family that surround them. Your pulse will race as the suspense and action of attacks, fights, kidnappings, and running away occur. This story will keep you reading to the very end.
The setting is 1846 New Orleans. Desiree was only ten years old when she fell in love with Marcel. She was sure the seventeen year old man loved her and would return from France ready to marry her. She was devastated when several years later he returns to New Orleans with his new bride on his arm. Desiree lived on Chene Vue, a plantation, with her grandfather, a heavy drinker and gambler. His sudden death was a shock. Desiree was in danger of losing her beloved home. Philippe Jaunet wanted the plantation and saw Desiree a means to get what he wanted. He attempted to force her to marry him. Lance Van Buren was a wealth northern in love with the beautiful young woman. Desiree wanted only her Marcel. Behind The Columns by Arlette Gaffrey is a story of love, passion, and deception. The characters are well defined. Lance and Desiree play well off of each other. Neither is adept at romance. Philippe is cruel. The characters come to life on the pages of this lovely romance. The plot is well developed and flows along nicely. MS Gaffrey clearly brings to life the charm of New Orleans history. She brings to this book her great knowledge of the area.